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Rahul Dravid blames Rajasthan Royals’ bowling for loss against Mumbai Indians in IPL 7

Rahul Dravid said the Rajasthan Royals bowlers did not execute their plans very well and paid the price © IANS
Rahul Dravid said the Rajasthan Royals bowlers did not execute their plans very well and paid the price © IANS

Mumbai: May 26, 2014

Disappointed after Rajasthan Royals (RR) lost the last available Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 playoff berth to title-holders Mumbai Indians (MI) on net run-rate, team mentor Rahul Dravid said his bowlers failed to execute the plans well in the exhilarating contest in Mumbai at Wankhede Stadium.

“It was pretty disappointing to finish like this. But credit to them. They batted really well. To chase 190 in 14.3 overs, in fact make 195 in 14.3 overs, is a phenomenal achievement. It was a good wicket but we did not execute our plans very well. We did not bowl our areas as well as we should have,” said the former India captain at the post-game media conference at the Wankhede Stadium.

According to Dravid, there was a period of less than two overs when the game swung in favour of Mumbai, who won by five wickets in 14.4 overs with Aditya Tare dispatching James Faulkner for a six over square-leg.

“They had a batsman in red hot form [Corey Anderson who made 95 not out in 44 balls], who kept connecting. We could not bowl a couple of good overs. If we had given away seven-eight or even 10 runs, the game would have gone out of their hand, but they kept getting 15-16 runs an over and stayed in the game.

“After Rohit Sharma got out and when Ambati Rayudu and Anderson batted, there was a period of 12-15 balls when we suddenly gave away 50 runs. That was a critical phase. We could have bowled a couple of better overs. But the boys tried their best.”

Dravid described how both teams got emotional and confused as to who had won at the end of 14.3 overs when the scores were tied at 189.

“We thought we won the game at one stage. Still we had to bowl one ball and they hit a boundary. You can just imagine the emotions. There was sheer disappointment in their camp, joy in our camp [when scores were tied] and then suddenly a ball later that was completely reversed,” Dravid said.

“For sheer emotion and drama, it was one of the best games I had been involved in. I am just disappointed I was on the wrong side of the result,” he added.

Dravid defended the team’s strategy of leaving out Ajinkya Rahane for their first-leg game against Mumbai on May 19 which the Royals lost by 25 runs and gave a lifeline to the title-holders, saying the batsman was carrying an injury.

“We were carrying some injuries. We can’t play people when they are not 100 per cent fit. Ajinkya Rahane was injured in that game. We could have played a better game there [after making three changes]. Even today [Sunday] we made three changes in a must-win game and missed out [on a playoff berth] on marginal net run-rate,” Dravid said.

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